The Sainte-Anne Portal

Portal Sainte-Anne is the portal of the western façade to the right. It was installed around 1200 before the other two portals of the façade. His eardrum * is the reinvestment of a previous tympanum made 50 years earlier for the previous Cathedral (the former St. Stephen's Cathedral).

Portal Sainte-Anne is the portal of the Western façade located on the right. He has been installed around 1200 before the other two portals of the façade. His eardrum * is the reinvestment of a previous tympanum made 50 years earlier for the previous Cathedral (the old cathedral Saint-etienne).

Note in its Center a wonderful Madonna and child still in Romanesque stylewith all the characteristics of elegance and serenity of the Virgin in Majesty. So under a canopy and on a throne, she wears a Crown and a scepter and tight on his lap his son who holds the book of the law. She looks at us and shows us the child who blesses us and they both encourage us to enter the Cathedral to gather and to pray. Mary seems to be saying: "enter this Church under my patronage and come worship my son came to Earth to save humanity".

On both sides of the throne are an Angel then left a Bishop of Paris and maybe its Treasurer, to the right a King of France. The Bishop could be Saint Germain and King Childebert, but none of these last three characters could be identified with certainty.

Above the tympanum. in the archivolts* concentric, we see all the Heavenly Court (Angels, Kings, prophets and old men of the Apocalypse) sing the glory of God, wonderful monceau sculptural finesse and harmony.

The two lintels* below of the eardrum trace in two beautiful sculpted friezes the marriage of Joachim and Anne and Mary and Joseph (lower lintel), while in the upper lintel are the scenes of the coming to Earth of Christ, from the Annunciation to Epiphany.

Below the lintels, on each side of two wooden doors to the fittings of wrought iron from the 13th century wonderfully crafted, we see nine statues in the foot again in the 19th century by the atelier of Viollet-le-Duc After the revolutionary destruction of 1793. We recognize successively:
-on the left, a King, the Queen of Sheba, King Salomon and St. Peter
-to the pier, St. Marcel, Bishop of Paris in the 5th century, who crushes a dragon symbolizing the evils which his diocese was then afflicted
-on the right, St. Paul, the King David, Bathsheba and another King

 

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